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Functional family therapy

Author: James Alexander; Bruce V Parsons
Publisher: Monterey, Calif. : Brooks/Cole Pub. Co., ©1982.
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"For decades following Alfred Adler's pioneering work in the 1920s, family therapy enjoyed only a minor or adjunct role among the various treatment approaches in the field of mental health. Recently, however, family therapy has experienced phenomenal growth in impact and popularity. The functional family therapy approach described in this book, a synthesis of interpersonal, behavioral, and systems orientations,  Read more...
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Alexander, James, 1941-
Functional family therapy.
Monterey, Calif. : Brooks/Cole Pub. Co., ©1982
(DLC) 81017058
(OCoLC)7875589
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: James Alexander; Bruce V Parsons
ISBN: 0818504854 9780818504853
OCLC Number: 301049467
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (x, 188 pages)
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Responsibility: James Alexander, Bruce V. Parsons.

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"For decades following Alfred Adler's pioneering work in the 1920s, family therapy enjoyed only a minor or adjunct role among the various treatment approaches in the field of mental health. Recently, however, family therapy has experienced phenomenal growth in impact and popularity. The functional family therapy approach described in this book, a synthesis of interpersonal, behavioral, and systems orientations, represents a new evolutionary step in the treatment of families. It is based on the substantial works of our predecessors and the experience derived from many hours of seeing families in both clinical and research contexts. The goal of this book is to provide a clear description of the procedures and structure necessary for the successful practice of family therapy. Family therapists need an unambiguous conceptual framework and a set of specific techniques for dealing with families in distress. At the same time, however, they cannot succeed if they are merely technicians. For this reason the book is also designed to enhance the flexibility and creativity therapists need to respond effectively to the myriad needs, idiosyncrasies, and forms of resistance presented by the different families they see. To this end much of the material in the book is presented in a somewhat intuitive manner, often by example and analogy. Part One describes the functional family model as it generally applies to all families, including the specific conceptual, technical, and interpersonal skills required of all family therapists. Conceptual skills comprise the perspectives therapists need to understand families, as well as the knowledge necessary for developing appropriate therapeutic goals and selecting suitable techniques. Technical skills include the verbal, nonverbal, and physical tools that therapists use as vehicles of change. They represent the technology of what therapists do, based on their conceptual understanding of what needs to be done. Interpersonal skills represent the way therapists apply their techniques. The efficacy of the techniques depends significantly on the atmosphere and family attitudes created through these interpersonal skills. Part Two is designed to facilitate therapists' flexibility by describing each of the phases of intervention, with emphasis on the goals of each phase, rather than on the specific techniques. Part Two also describes a number of unique developmental and structural aspects of particular families that require specific techniques"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2008 APA, all rights reserved).

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